Live ATC Air Radio has been one of our favorite apps since the early days of the iPhone and iPad. It allows you to listen to all the Air Traffic Control feeds from the popular liveatc.net website, using a simple but effective mobile app interface. Live ATC utilizes local radio receivers tuned to specific aircraft communications frequencies around the world, which are then relayed to the website and apps as digital audio streams.
In the U.S., you’ll find clearance, ground, tower and approach control streams for most towered airports, along with specific ARTCC center sector streams. Live ATC also includes international feeds, including HF Oceanic communications, and ATC communications from larger airports all over the world.
The latest update adds a nice selection of new features which improve the usability of the app, especially when multitasking with other apps. What we like best is you now have the option to mix the ATC audio with other audio-based apps. This allows you to play music or a podcast from apps like Apple Music or Spotify while simultaneously streaming an ATC feed in the background. You’ll need to turn on the “Mix Audio” setting in the Preferences section to enable this feature.
Live ATC also added stereo channel support in the latest update. After enabling the “Display Audio Balance” setting in the Preferences, you’ll see a Left/Right audio slider below the audio controls on the main screen. This allows you to listen to the audio from either the left or right speaker (or headphone), which some may find provides a better listening experience when mixing the audio with podcasts or music.
Live ATC app now supports the iOS Dark Mode color theme. By default, the app will automatically switch to a dark color theme when Dark Mode is enabled in the main iOS controls. You can also manually enable Dark Mode from the preferences screen.
Lastly, you can add a Live ATC iOS 14 widget to your iPad home screen or iPhone widget collection. Tap and hold anywhere on the home screen to enter the “edit” mode, and then tap the + button at the top left of the screen. Select the Live ATC option from the graphical menu an interactive widget will be added.
One of our favorite ways to use the app is alongside a flight tracking app, like FlightRadar24 or FlightAware, in a split-screen multitasking view. This allows you to view aircraft locations on the map while enjoying the ATC feed at the same time. It makes for a great training tool too, for those working on ATC communication procedures during pilot training.
Live ATC Air Radio requires a one-time purchase price of $3.99 and is available for both iOS and Android platforms.